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Yep, you read that headline right. The time to start planning for the upcoming holiday season is NOW.
If the thought of planning for Thanksgiving or Christmas this early is too overwhelming for you, you are not alone. If you’ve always just “winged it” and are new to the concept of planning, that’s okay. You don’t have to have the whole holiday season on flow charts and diagrams. Just pre-planning one activity will significantly de-stress the holidays for you.
Let me help you get started.
I’ve never planned for the holidays before, where should I begin?
STEP ONE: Update your Address Book. Since you’re most likely going to be home tonight waiting for little ghosts and goblins to ring the bell, update your holiday card list. This step is CRUCIAL before you even get your cards or stamps. Do this step FIRST and you will know EXACTLY how many cards/stamps you will need.
What you’ll need:
Address book: Whether you use a physical address book or electronic, it doesn’t matter.
Pencil: to write/correct addresses
Printable Card list. Here is the one I used.
Timer. Why? Because this can be tedious work. We don’t want to set out guns a blazin’, then get tired and never complete the list. Set the timer for 15 minutes. My favorite timer is one from TimeTimer. For this project, you can download the TimeTimer App for your phone immediately.
When the 15 minutes is up, STOP. Do something else. Get a drink. Go to the bathroom. Call your mother. Then, if you want to continue with your task, set your timer for another 15 minutes. Rinse and Repeat.
Do this every night while you sit in front of the TV and your list will be updated before you know it. You don’t need to rush through it, just be consistent in updating your list. Slow and steady ALWAYS wins the race.
STEP TWO: Tally up the addresses. Really, that’s it.
Here’s what I will be doing while I wait for the kiddos to knock on my door:
Write out Thanksgiving cards. Yep, I bought a few packs, and since I’ve already updated my holiday card list, I can use some of the addresses off that and whisk off some Thanksgiving cards to friends and family.
Knit some really cool Santa hats. Here’s the pattern I’m using.
Yep, on Halloween, I’m getting ready for Thanksgiving AND Christmas. And it will be all stress-free.
Look for more posts on how to organize your holiday card writing in upcoming posts.
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